As the automobile market continues to move toward the self-driving car, new vehicles are offering automatic safety features. This technology has become so sophisticated that these cars are now equipped to protect their driver, rather than the other way around.

Here are a few of the most notable self-automated driving features today.

Assisted automatic breaking

The new assisted automatic breaking feature uses a sensor to eliminate this possibility, but stopping sooner when a stopped or slower-moving object is detected ahead.

The feature automatically applies the breaks for the driver. This can help in situations where a driver is distracted or unable to see ahead due to hazards or adverse weather conditions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that up to forty percent of the nation’s 6 million car accidents are rear-end collisions.

Lane assist

Devastating accidents can also occur if a vehicle veers into another driver’s lane. The lane assist feature notifies a driver when they begin to cross over the lane lines marked ahead and can actually readjust the wheel for the drive to stay on course.

Lane drifting happens most often when a driver’s perception is somehow impaired. This could include if a driver is sleep-deprived, driving without corrective lenses or under the influence of an impairing substance, not to mention driving while texting!

All day headlights

Studies have found that headlights tend to make vehicles more visible and decrease the risk of an automobile accident even during the day time. Newer vehicles are often equipped with headlights that automatically turn on and adjust to the light so that the vehicle is at it’s most visible in the dark, snow, rain, fog or sunshine.

Cruise control adjustments

For those who take long trips, cruise control may be an essential tool for driving. However, if a vehicle driving much slower merges ahead of you or another hazard pops up ahead, it may take valuable time for the driver to realize the threat and react appropriately.

This new safety measure does the reacting for the driver. The sensor ahead detects when there is another vehicle or object ahead and adjusts the speed of the car automatically to slow down.

Harmful or helpful?

Some experts worry that these features could result in more distracted driving and accidents if drivers over-rely on them. These features are also only available in recent models, so much of the roadway is still occupied by vehicles that do not have this technology.

If you are involved in a car crash, it’s important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. George Ready can help investigate the way the accident played out and fight for your right to a safe road and make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries.